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    40 Shakespeare Quotes Perfect For Tattoos, Instagram Captions, And More

    "This above all: to thine own self be true." —Hamlet

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite, inspirational Shakespeare quote. Here's what they said!

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    1. "This above all: to thine own self be true." —Hamlet

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    2. “What’s past is prologue” —The Tempest

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    3. “Doubt thou the stars are fire. Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar. But never doubt I love.” —Hamlet

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    4. “Love sought is good, but giv'n unsought is better.” —Twelfth Night

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    5. "Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me." —Much Ado About Nothing

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    6. And then there was a star danced, and under that was I born”—Much Ado About Nothing

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    7. "My drops of tears I'll turn to sparks of fire" —Henry VIII

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    8. “And though she be but little, she is fierce.”—A Midsummer Night's Dream

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    9. “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” —Measure for Measure

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    10. “Screw your courage to the sticking place, and we shall not fail.” —Macbeth

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    11. “Violent delights have violent ends” —Romeo and Juliet

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    12. "Hell is empty and all the devils are here." —The Tempest

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    13. "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once." —Julius Caesar


    14. "Listen to many people, but talk to few." —Hamlet

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    15. "I know I love in vain, strive against hope; Yet in this captious and insensible sieve I still pour in the waters of my love. And lack not to lose still." —All's Well That Ends Well

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    16. "Doubt thou the stars are fire,

    Doubt that the sun doth move,

    Doubt truth be a liar,

    But never doubt I love."


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    17. "Reason and love keep little company together nowadays." —A Midsummer Night's Dream

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    18. “Our doubts are our traitors and make us lose the good we oft might get by fearing to attempt”—Measure for Measure

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    19. “When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions.” —Hamlet

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    20. “We that are true lovers run into strange capers” —As You Like It

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    21. "We are such stuff as dreams are made on." —The Tempest

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    22. "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."—Sonnet 116

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    23. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” —All's Well That Ends Well

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    24. "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day" —Macbeth

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    25. "When lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentlest gamester is the soonest winner." —Henry V

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    26. "Silence is the perfectest herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much." —Much Ado About Nothing

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    27. "Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, and summer's lease hath all too short a date." —Sonnet 18

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    28. "Better a witty fool than a foolish wit." —Twelfth Night

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    29. “Those friends thou hast and their adoption tried, grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel.” —Hamlet

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    30. "In sooth, I know not why I am so sad. It wearies me." —The Merchant of Venice

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    31. "I'll follow thee and make a heaven of hell." —A Midsummer Night's Dream

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    32. "There is no woman’s sides can bide the beating of so strong a passion as love doth give my heart." —Twelfth Night

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    33. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” —Hamlet

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    34. "So our virtues lie in the interpretation of time: and power, unto itself most commendable, hath not a tomb so evident as a chair to extol what it hath done. One fire drives out one fire." —Coriolanus

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    35. “I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?”—Much Ado About Nothing

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    36. “There was a star danced, and under that was I born. ”

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    37. "Persevere in that clear way thou goest, and the gods strengthen thee!" —Pericles, Prince of Tyre

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    38. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horacio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." —Hamlet

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    39. "If I be waspish, best beware my sting." —The Taming of the Shrew

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    40. “Nothing can come of nothing.” —King Lear

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